What are your time stealers?

A lot of people talk about not having enough time.  However, the amount of time we have available is not going to increase.  There are only 24 hours in day or 168 hours in a week.  It is how we use that time that matters.  We all have things that I call time stealers.  These time stealers take our attention away from the things that matter to getting results.  They include things like:

  • E-mail
  • Text messaging
  • Surfing the internet
  • Chatting on the phone during work time

What are your biggest time stealers and what have you found to be most effective in addressing them?

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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Lynne Lee says 24 November 2008

My biggest time stealers are Twitter and email in that order

Lynne Lee says 24 November 2008

What is effective in addressing them?

Making myself spend an hour on building revenue in my business before I open email or look at Twitter.

Limiting email to three times a day (this is hard, I’m an addict)

Only leave tweets when I have completed another hour of work

Now, I need to make that a goal and write it out where I can see it.

Duncan Brodie says 24 November 2008


Setting a goal is a great way to keep your focus. I also encourage you to ask yourself what’s the worst that could happen if you only check e-mail 3 times a day.

Keep me posted.


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